Thailand Mobile Expo 2009

Have you every had a big disappointment when you expected something a lot? When you thought that something should be really really good or interesting but you later found out that it’s not, both itself and by somebody else, is really disappointed.

Okay, I got expectations. Expectations to those new mobile phones advertised on TV and magazines so I managed to get to Thailand Mobile Expo 2009 on Friday evening. I knew that in Thailand, Expo is not an event to show ideas but instead a grand sale event. BTW, I hoped to see new innovations and had a chance to try new technologies. I therefore went straight to big brands: LG, HTC, Samsung and Nokia. (For iPhone, I play my boss’s, he he). Here’s the story.

I went to LG first, as the booth sits close to the side entrance I walked in. My goal for LG was to try the new LG Crystal, a touch-cum-slide phone that the slide pad where you press keys is made of transparent plastic. Yaah, transparent so I was wondering to know how it works. The phone adopts the same UI as Arena so I did try it then I tried asking to explain this new technology. Well, the answer was I could find from daily papers—better explanation can be found on Wired or Pantip, so I gave up an walked away. Mission incomplete. salespersons

One-meter touchscreen phone at HTC

Then it’s the main reason I went there, HTC, where the one-meter-size touch phone attracted—well, seduced—me to get to it. And it can really work; you can realy touck, poke, scroll just like you do on your phone. Okay, it’s impressive—go on. My mission here was to try Android, a new mobile OS developed by Google that my geek friends are talking about. I lined up to try the newly launched Hero but, poor me, the battery ran out so I then switched to Magic. The Android feature looks really nice, especially graphic interface. But when I took more time, things got more complicated. (Okay, I didn’t read manual.) I tried a snap-and-share feature by tried setting a Facebook account in the phone’s photo gallery so photo(s) can be upload in one click after you take. Okay it went well; it’s easy to do so. Then I tried to sign out from my Facebook account. But I couldn’t. And it took my half an hour I was an idiot trying to signout from my fucking account without any salespersons or engineers did care. When she came, she couldn’t help—that’s fine, I didn’t expect everybody to know about this. But instead of rush to find somebody to help she just tried to sell me that fucking phone! Hey, girl, what’re you thinking? When another guy came, finally, he then replied that the only way I could sign out is to reset the phone. WTF! I gave up. There’s no need to yell or rant any more. I’ll study on my own. Mission incomplete.

Samsung i8910HD—this is great!

Then it’s Samsung. I tried Samsuang i8910HD during my trip with them to Seoul (read here) and was really really pleased and impressed so I dragged my friend to show him how great it is. The i8910HD is the first Samsung phone that uses Symbian (so it’s user friendly though you don’t have manuals), takes great photos and HD videos and the touchscreen is responsive very well just like iPhone. While he was trying that iphone rip-off, I paid my attention to another new opening Samsung Candy, an economy touchscreen phone that comes in cutesy bright yellow and shocking pink colors and is priced at merely B6,000. Yeah, how can they do that. And I the knew. The phone adopts Samsung original OS for touchphone which is easy to use, even with social network websites, but you couldn’t download or do more with applications—which are what several manufacturers out there are competing. The touchscreen is small (I don’t mind), not high quality (I don’t mid, at this price) but it’s not responsive well and this what I do mind. It’s frustrated. I then tried other models while my friend was still playing i8910 features and found same problems. (Well, may be only mine, according to their selling numbers.) So I’ve learned—quality comes with costs (that perfect i8910HD costs around B26,900) and there’s no cheap-but-good products out there. Mission nearly complete, then.

Nokia creative display

I was exhausted and starving so I stopped by iPhone booth for five minutes just to see current promotions and head directly to Nokia. And again, nothing exciting. No new models on sale except that N97 Mini—a smaller version of the recently launched N97 (for what!). They now focus more on introducing Ovi, their exclusive network, to users. There’re some upcoming models including X Series displayed in sealed plastic cases so no way you can reach or try. Nothing new. And as I didn’t set a mission for Nokia, no rating.

The Expo runs until Sunday Oct 4 so if you pass by, go check it out or at least try using new models as there’s no more at retail shops these days.

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